This celebration was all HEART
Whether walking on two legs or four, Corydon Presbyterian Church was the place to be Saturday afternoon as Harrison Education Animal Responsibility Team (HEART) held the ‘Have a Heart Valentine’s Celebration’ fundraiser to help raise money for a new HEART adoption center.
A vast majority of pet owners brought dogs of all sizes and breeds to the event, but a few strayed from the norm and brought a cat, ferret and even a gerbil.
Gloria Scott, president of HEART, said she was pleased with the turnout at what she hopes will be an annual event set around Valentine’s Day.
‘I think everyone that came out enjoyed themselves. I was thrilled with the attendance for being a first-time event. It was a great success,’ she said.
The fundraiser featured a blessing of the animals by the Rev. Scott Hill, senior pastor at CPC, a meal, children’s games, a cake walk, face painting, a ‘Help an Animal’ tree, a dog/cat treats table and an auction that featured everything from pet items to a Zimmerman glass lamp to a pair of live birds. Before expenses, the sale of food, the auction and various booths brought in $3,744.75 for HEART.
‘We thought it might be a little bit higher, but we were extremely happy with the amount,’ Sue Costello, HEART treasurer, said. ‘We also had several new members sign up while we were there, which was good.’
HEART Humane Society Inc. was founded in 1995 as a no-kill adoption center. In addition to providing pet adoption services, the organization provides educational programs dealing with care, training and breeding of small animals. HEART has 19 cats, seven adult dogs and one Boston terrier puppy available for adoption at its facility near Lanesville.
Matthew Luther, 12, of Floyds Knobs, brought his 1-1/2-year-old ferret to the celebration. He and his mother, Edie, attend church at CPC and said they wanted to help HEART.
‘We have a dog and a cat that were rescued from the shelter in New Albany, and we know how important it is that a place like HEART is available,’ Edie Luther said. ‘I think animals that come from adoption centers know what’s going on. The dog we adopted had a chain growing into his neck when he was rescued and now he’s such a happy dog. Animals have emotions just like people do.’
Another adoptee from New Albany was 3-year-old cat Noel, which is owned by Meghan Luther, Matthew’s older sister. Noel was one of only two felines to crash the dog party.
‘She’s pretty laid back,’ Meghan Luther said, adding that dogs have never seemed to bother her cat.
For more information about HEART or to check into pet adoption services, call 952-1713.